David Di Maria
Gretchen Dobson is a Global Engagement Specialist with over 27 years of progressive experience in global constituent relations. Following the successful completion of a $1.2 billion campaign at Tufts University in 2012, she founded the first international alumni relations consulting firm which, today, has served a diversity of clients and partners across five continents. Alongside her consulting practice, Dobson is a co-founder of Academic Assembly, a technologically enabled comprehensive international education sales consultancy headquartered in New York City and Australia. Dobson embraces innovative EdTech strategies and solutions that enable institutions, organizations and governments to identify, track and manage relationships with their global stakeholders. Dobson is active in industry professional associations includes leadership, training and coaching roles. Dobson is the author of Being Global: Making the Case for International Alumni Relations (CASE Books, 2011), the International Travel Handbook (Academic Impressions, 2014), has edited Staying Global: how international alumni relations advances the agenda (EAIE, 2015), and developed the first online course in Global Alumni Relations Management. She is currently writing NAFSA’s first book on global alumni relations (expected publication in 2021). She was recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a leading “Innovator in Internationalization” for her work at Tufts University. She is on the Board of United Planet (Chair 2016-2019), a global network of leaders and volunteers fostering cross-cultural understanding and addressing shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders. Since 2017, she has served on the steering committee of the ASEAN Australian Education Dialogue and, in 2019, joined the Africa Global Chamber of Commerce as their first Global Strategic Advisor – Outreach & Engagement. Dobson received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Boston College, and her Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She is affiliated with the University at Albany’s School of Education as an International Education Leadership Fellow. She is based in Australia.